Friday, January 8, 2010
Somewhere in the vast emptiness of flyover country, a vaguely familiar looking 7-11 clerk is humming this song to himself in celebration of his 75th birthday:
I was surprised to hear today that he’s (well, had he lived) only 6 years older than me. I’ve listened to him it seems all my life. I thought he was at least 15 years older.
OTB Latenight —
Ok, I’m reading this at 5:08pm Eastern. Is THAT considered “Latenight”?
Dude, most of us are still at work at that time.
If by some miracle Elvis were still alive, he’d be taking it easy in the place he loved more than any other. And that would not be Memphis, but Hawaii.
Here’s Elvis, doing “American Trilogy”, live (then) via satellite from Hawaii. It doesn’t get any more American than that.
Two greatest male vocalists of the the 20th century: Elvis and Frank Sinatra. God, where are they now that we need them?
Life takes many directions, and after serving in Germany and restless in Ohio, I went to California for a couple of years. I worked as station manager for Holiday Airlines in Oakland. This was in 1974 and I was in Lake Tahoe for a few days and helped getting the band instruments and the clothing on board the aircraft. It was surreal seeing Elvis. He also was with Linda Thompson in hot pants and Lisa Marie was in a white dress and must have been 5 years old. Just watched Elvis on Tour on TCM and you can see glimpses of Holiday Airlines. The aircraft we had were Lockheed Electras-four engine turboprops. These were necessary to get in and out of Lake Tahoe. Not to long after that the airline went broke, but memories remain.
I was ten years old when this came out and trying to play “Happy Farmer” at piano lessons. When I heard the piano on this cut I knew keyboards were not so square. Mike Stoller, who wrote this song, is the keyboardist (I think) on the cut.
C’mon Dodd. We all know that he’s working at Burger Lord, and is happy in his work.
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